Language of multiplication

  • MirandaEscobedo

    Senior Member
    British English
    Agreeing with above -- "seven by four" would be used when you are talking about the specific dimensions of something and are not interested in total values. Copyright mentions "a two by four" meaning a plank of wood (usually) 2 inchesthick and 4 inches wide.
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    Senior Member
    American English
    I think I read somewhere that two-by-four refers to the unfinished dimensions of the wood -- once it is sanded and smoothed that shaves off the additional half-inch.
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